Changes to prescriptions

Following the decisions made by the Lewisham Clinical Commissioning governing body, GP Practices in Lewisham are no longer prescribing medications for acute (short-term) illnesses, minor and/or self-limiting conditions, anti-malaria tablets and health supplements which are readily available over the counter at all local Pharmacies.

Please click on these links for full details of the changes made:

Malaria Prevention

Self Care with over the counter products

The Lewisham CCG has made these changes to borough wide prescribing policies to:

  • Encourage patients to self-care
  • Empower patients to manage minor self-limiting conditions at home with support from community pharmacy; and seek help when needed
  • Ease the pressure on NHS services by reducing demand on prescriber consultation time, including out of hours services, for acute (short-term) illnesses, minor and/or self-limiting conditions
  • Help contain the costs of medicines on the local NHS budget
  • Free up clinician time for people who have more complex healthcare needs and who need more active support in managing their health
  • Increase patient awareness of preparations which are of low clinical effectiveness, where there is a lack of robust evidence of clinical effectiveness and/or can be purchased over the counter

Self care

GPs in Lewisham will no longer routinely prescribe these self-care medicines including:
  • Hay fever treatments
  • Cough and cold remedies
  • Painkilers for short term use
  • Indigestion remedies for minor illness or short term use

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If patients wish to comment or complain about these changes, they should contact the NHS Lewisham CCG by phone: 020 3049 3240, by email: or by letter: Cantilever House, Eltham Road, London, SE12 8RN